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« on: Jul 11, 2009 12:51 AM »


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ISNA 2009: The good, the bad & the ugly...



This year’s ISNA took place in Washington DC. The last time it took place here was in 2002 directly after 9/11. Dr. Ingrid Mattson, current president of ISNA (and a sister woohoo!), talked about how much we as American Muslims as a community have gone through in these 7 years from 2002 to 2009. When she said that I definitely felt a feeling of poignancy in the air. There is no doubt we’ve been through much trauma, hardship and difficulty these last years.

So what did I love? What did I hate? What do I wish they would change? Here it is, just like years past… the good, the bad and the ugly Wink


The Good:

-The sessions this year seemed to be designed for a variety of different crowds. There were the Al-Madina brokered Sh. Mokhtar/Sh. Ninowy type sessions on things like Quranic gems. Al-Maghrib's Yaser Qadhi and Yaser Birjas fiqhi type sessions. The Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers had their own program of multiple talks as did Turkish Muslims (where was Arabic and Urdu?). There were many 'Meet the Author' sessions and you could even get your CD signed by Yusuf Islam if you got lucky! There were late night (and I mean LATE night 1am) sessions on marriage and other favorite hot topics by MSA. There were also some really interesting sessions like the one of Muslims in Hollywood with Zarqa Nawaz (creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie), 'The Blogistan’ about Muslim bloggers and Sh. Ninowy’s beautiful Burdah session. There were new sessions on things like divorce, cancer, Islamic finance, depression, recycling, eradicating malaria and domestic abuse in the Ummah. The film festival this year showed films like PBS's ‘New Muslim Cool’, 'Waiting for Mercy' and 'Journey to America'

-The bazaar has been changing over the years from people who own stores who bring their stuff -- to a more boutique type of flavor. Now there are booths with designer Islamic clothes, unique Islamic products and amazing Muslim art. For some this might be a negative but I like the trend. I found some of the offerings quite lovely, even if extremely expensive.

-Saturday night instead of the big Hamza Yusuf Saturday night type of speech they had a talk show type style of session where HY, Yusuf Islam, Zaid Shakir and Ingrid Mattson sat on couches and discussed topics in front of the audience. Some people loved this, others hated it. I’m putting it in the good column because I liked it even though it should not have been the Sat night session or been like after it or televised or something.

- I liked that MSA had all these interesting sessions like on ‘gender relations’, ‘going against the parents to get married’, ‘how to keep a marriage going’. And I loved that these sessions were late at night no doubt aimed towards the lobby crowd.

-I also noticed people lining up at a 'health screening' area for free checkups. I think this is an excellent use of our resources.

-The information booths were ‘informative’. They actually knew where stuff was when I asked, which was important when there were a few football fields in between my sessions, and when a room turned out to be in a whole different building! They also had a billboard up of local halal restaurants which was very helpful.

-The graphics and logos were very professional and beautiful. It really made me feel like we've come a long way and hopefully will get even better in the future, iA!!

The Bad:

- No Obama. Despite persistent rumors (ppl from around the country kept texting us to ask if he showed up because they heard he was coming!) he didn't come Sad

-This convention center must be built to accommodate a million people!! It’s humongous and everything was so hugely spaced out. It took forever to walk from one place to another. My feet hurt by 12 o’ clock. I saw people just finding random corners to pray instead of finding the mile away prayer area. I also took a wrong turn once and found myself next to huge cavernous sized ballrooms that were empty. There were probably tens of huge rooms like this, all empty. I mean the convention center is beautiful but the layout was ridiculously complex and I really feel sorry for any of the elders, pregnant, kids or directionally-disabled ppl (like me!) that were there. Everyone kept saying it was ‘small and not a lot of ppl’ but there were TONS of people… 8,000 in the main session, ppl all over the bazaar and hallways. The hugeness just created the 'small' perception. It’s just a different feeling when there are so many people in a smaller convention center, even if we are squished together it just creates a better buzz and feeling of togetherness.

-I kind of did not like that this convention was not over Labor Day Weekend. There’s just something about labor day that makes ISNA special. It’s traditionally the end of summer and the start of the new year for all students. It just feels like a time of change and it always gave us that extra motivation and high right before we all went back to school. Summer bbqs, fireworks etc just didn’t seem to fit. Perhaps over time goes on they’ll make the convention more casual and social to match the date.

-Rick Warren in the middle of the Saturday night session? Rick Warren is an evangelical Christian pastor? And they invited him to speak for an HOUR (or what felt like) at the absolute height of the convention? I mean for real why? Interfaith is all good but it just didn’t seem appropriate at all. The Saturday night session is when EVERYONE is there. This is the time we as an American Ummah are waiting for direction, for motivation, for vision, for understanding, for clarification of what this past year meant, of what’s been going on. We all look to this session as a reassurance that we’re still good and right and going in the right direction. And then they had Rick Warren speak. After that they had they brought up the awesomest speakers: Ingrid Mattson, Yusuf Islam, Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir and had them act out a talk show styled after...'the view'? And the whole thing took 5 hours. Even if it included a much deserved W.D. Muhammad tribute and award for Imam Siraj it was just way too long and useless.

-Entertainment was weak….like 3 acts: a hip hop group, native deen, and a nasheed singer from canada. 3 acts doing 3 songs each. Whatever happened to variety? And why did they put Native Deen (arguably the awesomest) second instead of the last as a showstopper. I did hear they had some kind of muslim hiphop type of concert across town that many people actually went to and paid money for?? Were they not allowed to perform at ISNA or something and if so why not? Something is wrong when artists go across town and set up their own show. Whatever happened to the ISNA that had tons of cool new acts and talents. This was the same stage that hosted Sami Yusuf and Zain Bhikha and Azher Usman as up and coming talents at one time?

-Bazaar layout was kind of strange. Instead of rows there were walls here and there, making it a complete maze and you had to try to find your way out. Maybe they were simulating the crazy Aladdin like bazaars of the middle east? They forgot the guys who yell out “Welcome! Money exchange?! Dollar? Amreekan? you have ze dollar! Come viz me! I give u good deal”.

-$15 for a plate of rice and chicken, $9 for a salad, $6 for fries, $4 for a muffin, $3 for a soda. Yeah I hope I lost some weight because who the heck can afford to eat like that?

The Ugly:

-So at the airports I got patted down in security ALL the times. I walked through fine each time but then I was always stopped and asked to spread my arms and legs so some woman can feel me up in public and under my scarf. It does get humiliating. And yes it does make me angry and upset. (And Yes I heard you can ask for a private room but do I really want to be interrogated alone with all my stuff and miss my flight?) When I was leaving the DC airport this security agent yelled out “V.I.T.!!! WE HAVE A V.I.T!!! Veeeee-Ayyyyeee-TEeeee!!!” and then a lady came out to pat me down. Apparently I must be a “very important terrorist” not sure what else it can stand for!!! Wink

-They also went through all my stuff TO the convention AND back. They also opened my snacks (I cannot live thru ISNA without my chocolate chip granola bars!!)…(I forgot to count them maybe they ate some?) and they opened the honey I got for my Dad and then taped it up with big tape that said ‘INSPECTED DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’. Yes I’m sure honey looks a lot like C4.

-I also wanted to take some pictures of interesting things around the airport or even of planes. I saw a lot of people doing this, but I didn’t. Why? Cuz I ain’t crazy. Wink

-Many bazaar people did not go down on their prices. What the heck!! Smiley Prices were the same from Friday until Monday. I saw tons of booth people leaving with a lot of their stock unsold. I mean you can’t have it both ways. Either you price to sell or keep your price high and lower it by the last day. People drop major cash in the bazaar. I for one save my money to buy specific stuff there once a year. But if prices are more expensive than local Islamic stores or even their OWN stuff online (I once compared book prices at the bazaar and online for the same store) then shop keepers please listen: ppl will just stop buying! (One booth owner refused to give me a discount for buying $70 of books. He said he paid $5,000 for his booths and “hasn’t made anything”. Uh huh. And you’re charging me 70 bux for 3 books??!)

-There were two Muslim bros on my flight. I even heard one bro say salam to someone on the phone. Both ignored me Sad Tip for guys/gals: You can say salam to someone. They won’t think you want to marry them. For real)

-Why did they not have any main programming after 9pm on any of the days except Friday when it went until 3am and we were all exhausted and passed out. Then they tried to fit ‘ISNA Entertainment’ into one hour at 7-8pm on Sunday and they had absolutely no program or sessions on Monday EVEN THOUGH everything says the convention is from July 3-6. Yet nothing on the 6th??. Makes no sense and pissed off a lot of people who booked tickets to leave on Monday. (Seemed like the program was created only for DC local people, so that the timings would be convenient for their attendance instead of everyone.)

- Muslim beggars (mostly mothers holding babies) asking for money outside the convention center, inside the convention center, in the bazaar (how did they afford the conference registration?). Allahu alam if they're rip off artists or whatever. I think it's good to give a small amount to whoever asks of you, but I feel like ISNA should set something up for people like this.

The Simply Amazing:

-If someone wanted, they could come to ISNA and watch a movie, buy their invitations for their wedding, go to a session about marriage, buy a book of wedding contracts, by a wedding dress and gold jewelry, get their henna done, buy an apartment in Dubai, invest their money in an Islamic mutual fund, buy Islamic mosaic furniture and cushions, stained glass windows, oil paintings and framed photos for their house, buy a baby shirt that says ‘I love Ummi’ AND eat some free popcorn, fresh dates, halal gummi bears, see real bees and eat their honey, eat free chocolate from Islamic Relief and taste various fair-trade chais.

-Ingrid Mattson, Yusuf Islam, Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir on ONE stage together. Talking about happiness. Just amazing subhanAllah.

-A sister taking her shahada in front of 8,000 people WITH Imam Siraj!! (I have a nice picture of this...coming soon inshallah Wink)

-Meeting br. Hamza Perez of PBS's New Muslim Cool documentary in person and telling him how much I loved the last words of the film. 'They're not from me', he said 'These are the words of beloved Habib Ali.' MashaAllah.

-Hearing Zarqa Nawaz talk about how she thought up the idea of and created the characters and plot of the much loved Little Mosque on the Prairie series.

-Meeting a random older auntie at the airport from Portland, Oregon and talking for an hour about life in America and urdu poetry.

-Seeing Imam Siraj healthy and strong and as amazing as he ever was.

-Having a police escort bring us to the white house, wish us well, AND see the white house in the moonlight. (lol long story how this happened Wink and it helped not getting arrested)

-Hearing Altaf Hussain and another brother at a realllly late night session making jokes about Muslim pick-up lines and discussing the all time philosophical question 'what is love'.

-Seeing Muslim bloggers in person that you always read and finding they're as funny in real life as they are in their blogs Wink

-Hearing sh Faraz Rabbani speak about how he met his wife and hearing a hundred girls sigh in the audience.

-Running into extremelyy old friends and hearing them say 'I saw you on the jumbo tron last night and I screamed to all the people sitting around me 'I KNOW THAT GIRL I WENT TO SchOOl WITH HER!!' Wink

-Learning the sign for water and love and Allah from the sign-language translator womens on stage.

-Speakers at an MSA marriage session telling brothers to stop being so superficial when looking for a spouse. YESSSssssssssssss!!!! Smiley They must read my blog Wink

Suggestions:

-I know Chicago/Columbus/wherever gets crowded because they're smaller convention centers. And horror of horror sessions get closed out because there is no room! (The usual culprit: putting Hamza Yusuf in a room for 200 people. For real why do they do this every year?) But you FEEL like it’s a convention, with a lot of Muslims and a lot of stuff going on and you can actually get from place to place without having to add in a 15 minute transpo buffer.

-Entertainment sessions should be organized by the entertainers themselves. They should have a section in front just for younger kids. They desperately really need this stuff. It's OK to have bad new acts. It's a platform, let everyone do one song or something.

-Whoever came up with the film festival idea is awesome! But ISNA really needs to advertise this more and make this an integrated part of the program. There was no mention of what was playing and when. You just had to try to figure it out and somehow find the room on your own too.

-They need to go back to Labor Day. Who cares if it’s Ramadan. Imagine this… everyone at ISNA eating suhoor together, praying Fajr. Going to a few sessions in the afternoon. Breaking their iftar together. PRAYING taraweeh together! It would be so amazing. Seriously, there’s no shaytan so no lobby scene, young people would want to attend sessions! So think about it.

-Let's get interactive. Why not have a huge screen for twitter messages? Or live video webcasts. I know it's expensive, but how about delayed videos to youtube or something?

-How about a free registration if 10 people register from your community for a convert. They are never able to come to ISNAs because the costs are so prohibitive.

-The people renting bazaar booths do shell out a lot of money. How about making a nice booklet that contains a map labeled with each company and maybe some short info about them, what they're selling and their website. Good publicity for them and easier for us to find things or order things later on.

-I heard the matrimonial dinner is a speed dinner type of thing. Where there are 10 guys and 10 girls at a table and the guys keep rotating every 5 minutes. I think this isn't the best method for matrimonials. I wish ISNA would improve this aspect in the future with different types of events and ways of hooking people up in a halal manner that is conducive for everyone iA.
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Allah sent me to this year’s ISNA Smiley First, just a month ago I ended up receiving a voucher for a free ticket, so I used it for the ridiculously expensive ticket into DC National airport. Then, space at a hotel opened up through some friends. Somehow I logged on an hour before early registration ended and managed to register. And then when I flew there my flight was delayed for a few hours but then they moved me to a direct flight and I was there in an hour flat! Just seemed destined maybe:)

Alhamdulillah I saw a lot of beautiful things, met many old friends and listened to much wisdom.

Peace out....

and maybe iA...just maybe... I'll see you next year in Chicago Cheesy

P.S. ISNA Review for 2007.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 11, 2009 02:31 AM »

salam

I enjoyed reading your review of this year's ISNA convention. Thanks !

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 11, 2009 09:50 AM »

 salaam Sis Jannah!! This was an awesome and an entertaining review, etc. Here are my thoughts on some of what you highlighted. Good to have you back safe and sound!  Grin
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-Saturday night instead of the big Hamza Yusuf Saturday night type of speech they had a talk show type style of session where HY, Yusuf Islam, Zaid Shakir and Ingrid Mattson sat on couches and discussed topics in front of the audience. Some people loved this, others hated it. I’m putting it in the good column because I liked it even though it should not have been the Sat night session or been like after it or televised or something.

This is what I'm most jealous of, all those great people on one stage as you said below.Simply awesome.

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- I liked that MSA had all these interesting sessions like on ‘gender relations’, ‘going against the parents to get married’, ‘how to keep a marriage going’. And I loved that these sessions were late at night no doubt aimed towards the lobby crowd.

LOOOOOOL. Love it, going against the parents to get married . . seems like this is a prevelant theme among the youth all across the board, not just in the States.

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And the whole thing took 5 hours. Even if it included a much deserved W.D. Muhammad tribute and award for Imam Siraj it was just way too long and useless.

This is too bad, time is precious, but still, pretty awesome that those two were given some props.
Yeah, the Rick Warren thing, that must have been a bit awkward to say the least . . .

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“V.I.T.!!! WE HAVE A V.I.T!!! Veeeee-Ayyyyeee-TEeeee!!!” and then a lady came out to pat me down. Apparently I must be a “very important terrorist” not sure what else it can stand for!!! Wink

HAHAHA, VIT. Man, what are we supposed to do?? One of my first trips to Prague via Frankfurt, i was "randomly selected" to take my shoes off after the main security check and guess who was just leaving the same area in front of me? An aunty and uncle . .aunty was in hijab . . random, huh?  Wink

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-There were two Muslim bros on my flight. I even heard one bro say salam to someone on the phone. Both ignored me Sad Tip for guys/gals: You can say salam to someone. They won’t think you want to marry them. For real)

OMG, thanks so much for saying this, but I've read that we are not supposed to approach Sisters out of respect, yet in Prague, where I see more Sisters on the street than I do here (outside of Jumu'ah Salah) I get so tempted to say my salaams, especially as they are usually Malaysians, since I have many Malaysia Bro's as friends . . I did say salams once in the Halal shops since that was in more close quaters, but I also run into these Malay Sisters on the trams or in and around tram stops or in the area near the Halal shop, so maybe I'll muster up some courage next time,  Smiley.

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-If someone wanted, they could come to ISNA and watch a movie, buy their invitations for their wedding, go to a session about marriage, buy a book of wedding contracts, by a wedding dress and gold jewelry, get their henna done, buy an apartment in Dubai, invest their money in an Islamic mutual fund, buy Islamic mosaic furniture and cushions, stained glass windows, oil paintings and framed photos for their house, buy a baby shirt that says ‘I love Ummi’ AND eat some free popcorn, fresh dates, halal gummi bears, see real bees and eat their honey, eat free chocolate from Islamic Relief and taste various fair-trade chais.

AWESOMELY AWESOME. Free chocolate, SCORE!!!

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-A sister converting in front of 8,000 people.

*WOOOHOOO* Takbeerx3!!!
Ahh, I love these, hehe. Last summer, a 17-yr old Bro converted at Jumu'ah Salah. It was awesome.

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-Hearing Zarqa Nawaz talk about how she thought up the idea of and created the characters and plot of the much loved Little Mosque on the Prairie series.

OMG, I love this show . .its gets some harsh words from the real right-wingers (LMOTP people post their episodes on Muxlim during the season, so I see both positive and negative comments) and I always comment on the episodes. Fine, its not really that "Islamic" per se, but it does show the struggles any given community may go through.

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-Meeting a random older auntie at the airport from Portland, Oregon and talking for an hour about life in America and urdu poetry.

OMG! I probably know her!!!!!

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-Seeing Imam Siraj healthy and strong and as amazing as he ever was.

Great to hear

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-Hearing Altaf Hussain and another brother at a realllly late night session making jokes about Muslim pick-up lines and discussing the all time philosophical question 'what is love'.

So cool, I love A.H . .he has great advice for us youth that I listen to from Islamonline.net. That's very funny . .wish I could have seen that! Smiley

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-Hearing sh Faraz Rabbani speak about how he met his wife and hearing a hundred girls sigh in the audience.

Awwww

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-Speakers at an MSA marriage session telling brothers to stop being so superficial when looking for a spouse. YESSSssssssssssss!!!! Smiley They must read my blog Wink

GO JANNAH GO JANNAH, it's your birthday . . . .  Cheesy. Sorry, just wanted to finish off with a bang!  Wink

Jazak'Allahu Khairan for this Sis.

Oops one more thing . . .
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and maybe iA...just maybe... I'll see you next year in Chicago Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 11, 2009 05:36 PM »

salam

mashallah, what a review! ISNA guys told us there were more registrations than Chicago, yet as you said it seemed less crowded cuz of the convention center size...

I missed almost all the sessions this year but I'd really like to hear the story Sh. Faraz said about how he met his wife. Please do tell!
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 11, 2009 06:11 PM »

Assalamuèalaikum,

MashaAllah! Jazakillahu khair for this, Jannah.

How was the Quran competition? Last year, they didn't put much hype in it. The girl who won the competition ie. memorising the whole of the QUran (no small feat!), was only mentioned at a small lecture and she just stood up from her seat in the audience. Its sooo undervaluing.

But guess what? My dad told me that the Malay news in SIngapore actually mentioned the quran competition this year.

And yes, I'd love to hear Sh F.R's love story too Wink
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As-Salaamu alaikum,

At ISNA I enjoyed the sisters' workshops on women's leadership. However, there weren't as many spirituality workshops as I would have liked. Maybe next year I will go to the Journey of Faith Conference in Canada, insha-Allah.


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« Reply #6 on: Jul 12, 2009 04:31 AM »

ws,

thanks for the comments Smiley

ummaboodi wcoastbaba: i'd love to read your reviews one day inshaAllah!! Smiley wcoastbaba i was so tempted to ask the auntie if she knew someone named 'wcoastbaba' lol but i think she'd be like Huh? i think her name was auntie isra? or ismat? something like that.

abdulbasir: it was kind of personal and really late at night, i don't think he ever expected ppl to remember/talk about it so...u'll have to ask him urself ;P

barr: i never heard anything about a quran competition?? but i might have missed it because my flight was late and i didn't go to jumah or the few sessions after that.

amatullah: i thought there were a lot of 'spirituality' type stuff because they had sh. mokhtar and sh. ninowy in a number of sessions and also a few topics like 'the inner heart' and 'purification' and stuff? maybe the timings were odd or u didn't see them?

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« Reply #7 on: Jul 12, 2009 07:05 AM »

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wcoastbaba i was so tempted to ask the auntie if she knew someone named 'wcoastbaba' lol but i think she'd be like Huh? i think her name was auntie isra? or ismat? something like that.

Just so the rest of you know, yes that's an old family friend of ours here in Portland - she's known us since i was lil one. Anyways, pretty cool. Oh I don't know if I would right a full review like that . . I would probably just post some pictures and leave it at that, lol. I'll leave the full review thing to the pros (ahem, that's you Sis J) Insha'allah though I hope to attend something like ISNA or RIS one day. This stupid becoming-a-doctor thing is in the way, arggghh.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: Jul 12, 2009 08:19 PM »

wsalam,

the pictures are up!!! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2192065&id=16113735&l=8bf319da82

feel free to add me to your facebook but let me know who you are Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 12, 2009 09:13 PM »

Salam Sis - awesome pics!!! Makes me want to go even more. I just told my amma that we have to go sometime in the fututure. Argggh! Thanks so much for sharing! Bless ya!


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« Reply #10 on: Jul 13, 2009 07:23 PM »

I agree with your Labor/Labour Day Weekend Designation for the ISNA Annual Convention 

I had the pleasure of attending the conference 3-4 times in Chicago, 1 in Columbus, and about 2-3 times in Dayton, Ohio.

Moving ISNA to Chicago in the 1990s was the best move for the convention because it gave a chance for West Coast Muslims to make it.

However, the early locations in the downtown hotels apparently lead to fitna, so they move to the McCormick Place later on - which was a better fit until they move it to Rosemont recently...

Anyways - If it's is in Chicago next year, and during the labor day weekend - inshallah I will attend.

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 20, 2009 12:47 AM »

ISNA put up a few of their sessions online so check them out:


Inaugural Session 7parts



Educating Muslims in America: In the Classrooms and Beyond (Panel Discussion) - This session will survey the myriad of institutions and material that serve to educate Muslims in America. The session will also examine whether existing institutions are adequately providing for the communitys educational needs. The speakers will emphasize the need for and explore ways to formulate a comprehensive vision for the education of Muslims in America 11 parts



The history of Muslims in America is a rich mosaic of African slaves, 19th century immigrants to the Midwest, African American movements of the 20th century, post- 1965 Professional immigrants, and today Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. This panel will explore the compelling history of Islam in the Americas and highlight the extraordinary contributions of Muslims to the American experience. 9 parts




Stand Up and Be Heard: Effective Strategies for Muslim Political Advocacy - The discussants will provide their opinions on strategies that have proven successful in getting our communitys concerns and perspectives to the top-most levels of local, regional and national political power. Panelists include elected officials, political party officials, Muslim Political activists and lobbyists, who will share ideas on how your community can effectively engage in political advocacy. 11 parts

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 21, 2009 03:46 AM »

Here's a nice post by Sr. Sofia on the convention: http://blog.timesunion.com/muslimwomen/july-4-rick-warren-and-45000-muslims/476/

In it, it says there were 45,000 Muslims there!!! wow ma'shaAllah!!
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